Downward Doggin’

So I think I have officially caught the Yogi bug.  Ever since my doctor appointment, I started experimenting with a couple of yoga classes and ended up buying a Groupon for one month unlimited at a studio called YogaWorks.  Since I had minimal experience and didn’t know the good from the bad studios, I figured I would try whatever was somewhat close to my apartment and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.  After trying a few less than impressive studios, YogaWorks was exactly what I had been looking for: a variety of classes from bar to power yoga, people of all levels, a zen studio, approachable instructors and multiple locations all over the city.  While I am usually not one to a) workout after work or b) go to a workout class of any kind, I found myself running out the door of my office every night to try to make whatever class was available at that time.  I am typically a run in the morning type of gal and usually don’t like the restrictions of having to make a class (only exception: SoulCycle), but for some reason, yoga has changed all of that.  Not only did I find myself leaving class more refreshed, I was relaxed, happier and clear-headed.  A yogi miracle!

Just to give you a little anecdote, my boyfriend and I were planning on meeting for dinner after he finished work drinks and I finished a yoga class on the Upper East Side.  After I spent a majority of the day telling him this probably won’t work tonight because “you will get caught at drinks longer than you think” and him encouraging me that was not going to happen and that we would meet at 9pm, I finally gave in.  Be the bigger person, let him win, I thought.  Fast forward to 9pm when my class is finished, I check my phone to find three texts along the lines of  “I’m going to be a little bit late.”.  What was my first thought?  No problem.  Now, fast forward to 45 minutes later and I’m sitting at the bar by myself next to two creepy grown men, while awkwardly checking my phone to avoid having to converse with them.  Still remaining calm all the while.  And finally, at 10pm, that tall drink of water walks in smiling from ear to ear, “I’m so sorry.”  My reaction?  Pure and utter forgiveness.  Not only did I not care, I was extremely happy to see him!  See?  Yoga mind in progress!  HA!  I am only kind of kidding.  But really,  I think everything that they say about yoga is true.  I’m drinking the Kool-Aid people!  It is such a great mind-body exercise with so many benefits short and long-term.  It makes you feel at peace and helps you rid yourself of a racing mind (which I am more than guilty of).  Not to mention it can totally change your bod!  (Fine, I will look like Jennifer Aniston if I have to.)  I hope to be “practicing” for the rest of my life!

Hello, amazing body!

Anyone who thinks “Yoga isn’t for me” should give it a second shot!  Because I was one of those people.  I think it’s about finding the right studio and classes and not being intimidated.  For me I really enjoy the Vinyasa flow style because you don’t stop moving and you don’t hold positions for very long.  The other class which has been really enjoyable is BarWorks, which is a class at YogaWorks very similar to a Bar Method or Physique57 class (for a fraction of the cost).  It’s all about mixing it up!  I have noticed a small difference in my body already and feel so much stronger from only a month of full on commitment!  Grab a friend and give it a whirl if you’re not already addicted!  And who doesn’t want an excuse to buy more Lululemon?

Hope you’re enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend!  It has been absolutely beautiful in Massachusetts and so relaxing and fun hanging out with my family and friends!  So cliché – but I’m feeling very thankful!

XOXO

 

(pictures via Pinterest)

I’m Glossy!

Ladies and gentleman (but mostly ladies), I present you….The Glossybox.

If you’re like me and get irrationally excited when you receive mail (even when you know it’s coming) and have a love for surprises and new products, the Glossybox is calling-your-name!  To break it down for you, Glossybox is a monthly service which delivers a beautiful box of beauty samples to your door for a small fee of $21/month (or less if you sign up for longer subscriptions).   Here is how it works:

Step 1:  Join Glossybox HERE!

Step 2: Choose your subscription plan (can buy it monthly, for a few months or a year)

Step 3: Take survey to determine the right products for you.

Step 4: Receive package in mail within a month with 5 new goodies to try out!  (check out my first every Glossybox!)

This month I received an amazing lipstick/lip gloss/mirror compact which is perfect to keep in your bag for day-to-night, a 25% off coupon for Physique57 DVDs (if you haven’t tried this workout, it is a real a** whooping – I’m actually going to a class tonight!), a citrus loofah SOAP, soothing foot lotion (which I usually would never use but felt amazing when I gave it a test drive!), hair serum and almond scented shea butter lotion.  While none of these products are things I would typically buy on my own, I was very impressed by the total package and have enjoyed using almost everything included!  Also, if at any point you think you are not receiving products that fit your needs, you can edit your profile on Glossybox and see if the next month’s samples make more sense for you!

I had heard of a few different services like this, but after doing some research (and seeing that The Man Repeller is a subscriber), I figured Glossybox was the best option.  The packaging is adorable and the size and quality of the brands are unmatched by their competitors.  My mom tells me I should always have something to look forward to and this is an easy and inexpensive solution!  You should give it a try!

Happy Wednesday!  I don’t know about you all, but this week has flown by for me!  Love that!

XOXO